Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Divine, please, help me. If I cannot stand for my friends now, how can I speak for their peoples later?

Zhu Baili knows it’s her destiny as the princess of the Kingdom of Seven Rivers to join her homeland to the Kingdom of Three Peaks by marrying its prince, Liu Xiang. But a treacherous plot launched by Baili’s stepmother threatens the two kingdoms and the princess’s life in Blood in the Snow by author Sarah Pennington.

I’d never heard of one of the two fairy tales this novella is based on, The Goose Girl. But I’m quite familiar with Snow White, and even if I weren’t, I think I still would have enjoyed this story.

The moments of harrowing to heroic action are what I liked best, as well as this fantasy tale’s correlation between pain and power. Baili’s growth is great to watch too, as I appreciate stories with heroines who tap into their gifts and, when the time comes to stand up, they stand up.

This book has been on my radar ever since I first got a look at its incredible cover: the serious gaze of a young woman in red with her black tresses flowing in the wind, the heroine standing before a giant moon glowing white against a wintry, deep blue backdrop with trees and peaks, Asian architecture, and geese in the snow, overlaid with the thin, red, beveled glass of the title and its flash of white light. Atmospheric excellence, this cover is.


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